Kindle deals for Christian readers
Three books by Matt Chandler are on sale at the moment:
Also on sale are a series of books by John Piper for $2.99 each:
- Good News of Great Joy
- The Marks of a Spiritual Leader
- Doctrine Matters
- Captive to Glory
- Love to the Uttermost
Sean McDowell interviews Preston Sprinkle about his new book on homosexuality:
MCDOWELL: You’ve spent hundreds of hours researching this topic, but also talking with people–both Christian and non-Christian–who are gay. How has this projected affected you personally?
SPRINKLE: Oh man, it’s affected me in ways that I can hardly describe! I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know many LGBT people over the years and it’s completely changed my view on the topic. Some people get scared when I say this, but I really don’t care. Some people are so freaked out that if we get too chummy with gay people, we might actually change our view on homosexuality.
That’s absurd. Jesus was so chummy with people who were considered “sinners” by the religious elite that they thought he was one of them. So I couldn’t care less whether my love for LGBT people causes concern from conservative Christians.
Kevin Halloran reveals my love language.
Jonathan Leeman shares on the issue of pastors preaching other people’s sermons.
So, perhaps what could set Christians apart most in this cultural moment isn’t a baptized belly-aching, but an atmosphere of encouragement. Everyone is angrily advocating for their value systems with every passing tragedy. What if we just took a break from that and tried to lift each other up? I don’t know. I’m just tired of being upset—sad, angry, or otherwise—and I would love to see a bit more positivity in general.
For the waywards and sinners, the story is a jubilant celebration of embrace. For the Pharisees, it’s a furious realization that they’re accepted in the same breath as the sinners. But the story isn’t ultimately about them—it’s about the father and the grace given equally, fully, and prodigally to both. With tears of joy in his eyes, the father hugs his young son, for he has returned home. And with tears gathering in the same eyes and longing in his voice, he reminds his elder son, “You are always with me, and everything I have is yours. Come in, my son.”
The grace is the same; it is extreme, absurd, beyond all we can ever imagine.